Dark Meat was just inches away from California title
Alameda varsity-level Ultimate Frisbee Team, Dark Meat, lost to Berkeley High 11-10 in the USA Ultimate 2016 California Division I High School State Tournament final on May 8 in Santa Cruz. Dark Meat was just inches away from winning its 10th state championship, but after a hard-fought game against Berkeley, they took second place on a “universe” (tie-breaker) point.
“We fought hard and almost made it again this year,” said Dark Meat player and Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) senior, Gavin Maxwell. “Berkeley is a great team, and to lose on a universe point meant it couldn’t have been any closer.”
The loss marks the end of a successful 2016 season for the Dark Meat squad. To get to the state championship, they beat Team Disception 11-7 in the quarterfinals and Foothill 10-7 in the semifinal.
Over the past decade, Alameda’s “Dark Meat” Ultimate team has won nine state championships. The Alameda Ultimate program was founded by former ACLC teacher, Mike De Sousa, in the early 2000’s. The program includes “Dark Meat” (high school mixed-gender team) and “Junior Meat” (middle school mixed-gender team). The teams call ACLC home, but also welcome players from other Alameda schools and home-schooled kids.
The state championship is governed by USA Ultimate, which governs 27 high school state championships. They all conduct competition for female-only team and mixed-gender teams.
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